Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Walpurgis

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Walpurgis
b. circa 710, England; d. 779, Heidenheim, Germany

Walpurgis (Walpurga) became a missionary and worked with her brothers, Wynnebald and Willibald, in Germany until she settled in a convent at Heidenheim, where she served as abbess. She is still celebrated on the day of her death, February 25, by the Catholic church. Walpurgis Night, a spring celebration held in parts of Germany, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, and the Czech Republic, is named after her but in actuality originated from pagan rituals, not veneration of Walpurgis.

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